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BrooklynBornThis blog started in my head when I listened in the 90's to friends who feared Brooklyn and newcomers who blogged about BK as if it barely existed before they arrived. Brooklyn as Tabula Rasa. My blog satisfies my need to hear and air feelings of B'klyn from the people whose life experience was born here. Also I hope to provide balance to some of the revisionist historical musings I've seen how Brooklyn and her residents used to be, we're still here. If we can all live as best possible while appreciating the past and neighbors we've inherited that would be great too.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The United States of America

The results are in of course and Barack Hussein Obama is our President. I could not be any happier. To celebrate today's "PhotoWednesday" installment and the day after history was so clearly made I present this shot I took and was drawn to a few weeks back.

Nuanced American 2

I don't normally do this but I want to explain why I took this photo and what I think it means. First the photo isn't doctored. There was no photoshop'ing no filters, and in fact no black and white film or setting. This picture came when my camera was set for a typical spectrum of colors. However the glare of light was so intense through the flag that it blinded the camera to those colors, leaving only the subtle spectrum from black to gray to white and back again. It's like an x-ray revealing to me, sameness, except for that delicate nuance between our positions as well as our unlikely unity resulting from the fact that were are all different values of the same substance. Sometimes we're more, sometimes less, depending on which angle and from whatever context we are viewed.

Everyone will not see this point of view. Some will refuse to see and accept how much more unity there is than is not. Some will look at what I think is so majestic and beautifully inspiring and see something foreboding and sinister. But that's the thing about hope it's usually only there when you want to see it.

On a lighter note I invite you to check out one of the first posts I wrote on this blog back on February which alluded prophetically to this momentous election victory.